While Madonna's controversial adoption attempts have put the small and land-locked African nation in the spotlight of global media, the struggles of ordinary Malawians for economic survival have received much less attention.
The anti-poverty charity War on Want says that the 2009 UK budget has failed to provide a breakthrough on tax avoidance and tax havens, which cost Britain billions and contribute toward impoverishment across the world.
Millions of people will lose their jobs in developing countries and millions more in Europe under free trade plans to be promoted by British prime minister Gordon Brown at the G20 summit of the world’s leading economies, say campaigners.
Lovers buying wine for Valentine’s Day tomorrow are being warned that South African workers face poverty wages supplying British supermarkets. In a new report the anti-poverty charity War on Want cites worsening conditions for employees as UK retailers and wine brokers pursue profit.